Teesside University

Occupational Therapy Placement

Thorntree Roses Bloom Student OTs

Hi, my name is Lucy and I’ve come to work at Tees Valley Arts for 6 weeks as a part of my Occupational Therapy degree. This placement is classed as role emerging, aiming to create a role for occupational therapy in an organisation that doesn’t already have an Occupational Therapist present. So far, both myself and my placement partner Richelle have been welcomed into the team, and we have had the opportunity to participate in a number of activities – both artistic and not so artistic.

We have had the privilege of attending the Thorntree Roses group on a Tuesday, which seems very successful in creating a close-knit community (women only of course). This group is also starting to show signs of increased independence and organisational responsibilities, which is fantastic! It is hoped that this group will continue to progress in this area, so that it may become an independent group run project with only small amounts of input from TVA in the future.

I think we were both surprised to find out about the huge volume of work that goes on behind the scenes to run these projects! As a part of our placement, we hope to look into how all of this works, and whether we can add anything to improve on these methods from an occupational therapy perspective. A number of ideas have already been raised for a project, including outcome measures and feedback methods. It’s still early days in this placement and I certainly look forward to getting stuck in with these potential ideas, as well as getting involved with ‘Making Time’ in the prison!

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Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Poetry Performance at Black History Month in The Northern Echo

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson’s performance at Black History Month was featured in an article by Kerri Muirhead in Saturday’s Northern Echo.

AN internationally renowned poet performed his work to an audience on Teesside as part of Black History Month. Linton Kwesi Johnson, legendary musician and poet travelled to the North-East, in support of Tees Valley Arts at Teesside University, with his self styled reggae poetry.

Read the article in full here

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Verb Garden

River Tees Rediscovered Willow Pattern Engagement Launched

Middlesbrough Pottery Willow Plate

164 individual engagements, 90 plates made

that’s just the first of five community launches planned for the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership.

River Tees Rediscovered Willow Pattern Plates

Working with Middlesbrough born artist Emily Hesse, regular Tees Valley Arts contributor and artist Adrian Moule, we facilitated a collaboration that created the River Tees Rediscovered Willow Pattern Plate engagement.

By reflecting on the long history of pottery production in the Tees Valley and, in particular, its instrumental role in the development of Middlesbrough as a town through the establishment of the Middlesbrough Pottery in 1831. We provided the means to create an artistic intervention that would enable people to both express themselves and create something intrinsically useful.

The Willow Pattern is a distinctive and elaborate pattern developed by Thomas Minton in around 1790 and was an English imitation of Chinese porcelain imported during the mid-eighteenth century. Mostly blue and white, though other colours were used, it always featured both a river, a bridge and a person.

Examples of the pottery, with the willow pattern, produced by Middlesbrough Pottery are important enough to be included in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum:

Pickle Dish by Middlesbrough Pottery in the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This credit line represents the ‘Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum’ (a non-departmental public body established by the National Heritage Act 1983.)

Emily and Adrian wanted people to realise their memories, their vision, their thoughts of the river, whilst creating something they could take home and eat off.

Middlesbrough Pottery Willow Plate
Middlesbrough Pottery Willow Plate, loaned from the private collection of James Beighton

We were fortunate enough to have a genuine Middlesbrough Pottery plate on hand to give inspiration to the participants thanks to the generous support of project volunteer James Beighton, former senior curator of mima and ceramics expert, who is currently undertaking a AHRC funded PhD at Teesside University.

The Process

Participants were encouraged to draw out their ideas on paper with printed circles, with photographs of plates made earlier by Emily and Adrian to use for inspiration before going on to mark their own plate with porcelain paint pens:

Couldn’t Make It? See what we got up to:

What Next?

Roll on the launch in South Park, Darlington, this Sunday, 11-3, where we hope to better our engagement numbers and let people think and realise their vision of the river in blue and white.

Followed by:

  • Ropner Park, Stockton / Saturday 28th February, 11-3pm;
  • Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool / Saturday 14th March, 11-3pm
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